Love in Motion: A Conversation with Occupy Love Director Velcrow Ripper

Velcrow Ripper

"Power without love is reckless and abusive. Love without power is sentimental and anemic." These words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King echo throughout Occupy Love, the latest documentary by Velcrow Ripper, and by all accounts they serve as a guiding principle in the Canadian filmmaker's own life.

Raised in the Baha'i faith, Ripper gained an early appreciation of religious unity that was later infused with the edgy individuality and creativity of the punk rock scene, from which he gained both his name and his passion for social justice. Since that time, he has been crafting award-winning films that explore the rich overlap of activism and spirituality.

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